2020/21 Player Registration Opens

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2020/21 Player Registration Available

The online player registration system for 2020/21 is now available through the FA’s Whole Game System (WGS), https://wholegame.thefa.com/.

With League’s mandated to implement the FA’s Player Registration System from the 2021/22 season we made the decision to move to the Whole Game System a season early due to the benefits called out by The FA (see below), enable the SPL to reduce costs and

  • Secure storage of player records
  • Records updated annually, creating a lasting history for each player
  • More efficient club discipline management
  • Use of the FA number (FAN) to create a single player view – particularly for those clubs using Full-Time
  • Providing your club with better player information to help you plan for the future
  • Access to Matchday, The FA’s mobile app that helps organise your football life. For more details, visit theFA.com/get-involved/Matchday

We managed to agree some extra help from The FA and make the registration process easier with you by all Under 16 players being uploaded into the WGS which you will see once logged in.

We have added step by step guidance to https://surreyprimaryleague.com/administration/ under the ‘Player Registration’ heading.

Here are some tips and answers to some common questions and to help you use the online system.

#1 Have you registered your teams on WGS? Whilst your teams do not need to have completed their affiliation to begin registering players, the teams do need to be on the Whole Game System to allow registration.

#2 Decide who will register players. The WGS offers the flexibility for you and your club to decide who can register your players. You can choose to keep this to one person, one or two people or open it up to your team managers and administrators.

#3 Accessing WGS.  If you are the appointed Club Secretary, Chairperson, Treasurer or Welfare Officer you will already have access to the Player Registration tool within WGS. Instructions to access WGS can be found here, https://surreyprimaryleague.com/accessing-and-logging-into-wgs/

#4 Opening up access. To give access for the Player Registration to more people in your club follow the instructions here,,https://surreyprimaryleague.com/accessing-and-logging-into-wgs/

#5 Get Registering Once you have access or have granted access there are step by step user guides to,

#6 Don’t forget the checklist One thing we wanted to point out is the checklist you need to follow for each player before submitting them to the SPL to approve. More information is available here, https://surreyprimaryleague.com/submitting-to-the-spl-for-approval/

  • Is the player assigned to the correct Team(s)? See how here
  • Do you have consent from the Player (or parent if under the age of 16)? See how here
  • Have you added any relevant ID Checks? See how here
  • Have you added a photo to the player records? See how here

We hope the step by step guidance makes it a seamless as possible and we encourage clubs to begin registering players ASAP to avoid a late season rush when we get the go ahead to begin the 2020/21 season. For help, we recommend checking out the online help, https://surreyprimaryleague.com/need-help-with-player-registration/ and if that doesnt work, please contact your Parent County Football Association. If this doesnt work, we will attempt to assist and therefore email, PlayerReg@surreyprimaryleague.com

League Volunteers Needed 2020/21

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We need help from you to cover the following important roles. If you can help providing a high level of service, reduce the time spend by existing Volunteers and develop the League by getting more clubs involved, please contact  Andy on chairman@surreyprimaryleague.com

The roles have been split up to enable you to fulfil around your work and other roles in Football.

  • League Secretary
  • U16, U17 & U18 Fixtures Coordinator
  • U9 Fixtures Coordinator
  • U10 Fixtures Coordinator
  • U7 – U10 Referee Coordinator
  • Fun Festival Coordinator
  • Website & Communications Coordinator

 

Vacancies

League Secretary

  • Coordinate League Activities (Fixtures, Referees, Events, Finals Day) to ensure the SPL runs efficiently throughout the season
  • Advise League members by email through the secretary@ inbox
  • Ensure the League is sanctioned with Surrey FA
  • Oversee and coordinate the annual League AGM with the Chairperson
  • Manage the Club & Team Registrations
  • Report back monthly to the League committee
  • Proactively look at reducing the duties of the Secretary role but sharing duties with existing members or new roles

 

U16, U17, U18 Fixture Coordinator (This role could be split so please let us know if you can help by coordinating one or two but not three of the age groups)

Average Hours Per Week:   2-3 hours a week

Responsibilities:

  • Decide & Communicate Divisions
  • Load Divisions onto the Full Time System
  • Create Fixtures on the Full Time System (using the automatic fixture scheduler)
  • Collect Kick Off Times for referee appointing (Weekly)
  • Liaise with Team Managers/Club Secretaries on Fixture Questions via Email (Weekly)
  • Monitor results to and propose changes to divisions for the early season division review

 

U9 Fixture Coordinator

Average Hours Per Week:   1-2 hours a week

Responsibilities:

  • Create Seeded Groups for all U9 Teams (Average 3 Times per Season)
  • Load Groups on to the Full Time System (Average 3 Times per Season)
  • Create Fixtures on the Full Time System (using the automatic fixture scheduler) (Average 3 Times per Season)
  • Liaise with Team Managers/Club Secretaries on Fixture Questions via Email (Weekly)
  • Monitor results to ensure Seeding is correct (Bi Weekly)
  • Marry up Spare teams as a result of Postponements (Weekly but dependant on Postponements)

 

U10 Fixture Coordinator

Average Hours Per Week:  1-2 hours a week

Responsibilities:

  • Create Seeded Groups for all U9 Teams (Average 3 Times per Season)
  • Load Groups on to the Full Time System (Average 3 Times per Season)
  • Create Fixtures on the Full Time System (using the automatic fixture scheduler) (Average 3 Times per Season)
  • Liaise with Team Managers/Club Secretaries on Fixture Questions via Email (Weekly)
  • Monitor results to ensure Seeding is correct (Bi Weekly)
  • Marry up Spare teams as a result of Postponements (Weekly but dependant on Postponements)

 

U7 – U10 Referee Coordinator

Average Hours Per Week:   1-2 hours a week

Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with Referees to understand their travel area using the Online Form and Spreadsheet (One Off)
  • Export the Referee Requests from the SPL Website (Weekly)
  • Advertise fixtures appointment requests Referee’s List
  • Update Full-time system with appointments (to automatically inform Referees & Team Managers) (Weekly)

 

Fun Festival Coordinator

The Fun Festival is the League’s U7, U8, U9 & U10 annual event involving 128 teams. We require a volunteer to focus on ensuring this event is organised and managed in line with the expectations of the member teams.

Average Hours Per Week:   1-2 hours a month

Responsibilities:

  • Book the venue and keep the venue contacts updated
  • Advertise the Fun Festival to member teams
  • Provide the team lists to the Fixture Coordinators who will put them into groups
  • Update teams with draft groups
  • Advertise any spaces which become available
  • Organise Event Volunteers
  • Contact appointed referees
  • Manage the event and tasks

 

Website & Communications Coordinator

The SPL website was redeveloped three seasons ago and is now at that stage it needs a fresh look and updated content. You will have the opportunity to take ownership of the website and make the changes required to keep it up-to-date to meet the needs and expectations of Clubs and Teams.

Average Hours Per Week:   2 hours a month

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the WordPress website and update as required
  • Propose and make changes agreed with SPL Committee
  • Work with League members to understand any missing content areas
  • Add new images and designs showing the highlight statistics and events

 

2020/21 Club and Team Registration Open

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The 2020/21 online application forms for new and returning clubs and teams can be found here.

Please register your club using this link below,

https://surreyprimaryleague.com/spl-club-applications-2020-21/

 

Once completed, please register your team(s) here,

https://surreyprimaryleague.com/spl-team-applications-2020/

 

Whilst we do not know when the next football season will start, we should remain hopeful and prepared to, once again provide positive experiences to the boys and girls involved in your clubs.

 

Teams in the U7, U8, U9, U10 and U11s can register throughout the season.

Coronavirus Update – Fixtures Suspended (17th March)

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To all members,

We are sure you have been following the latest developments and updates from the government in regard to COVID19 – this was then followed up last night with advice from the FA that all grassroots football activities should be postponed with immediate effect until further notice – the FA update was also clear to point out that this included club/team training sessions.

We are aware that some clubs are already taking the relevant steps as advised and as a League we will also follow the same advice and postpone all future games and Cup matches until we see further updates from the relevant authorities.

Clearly at this time all of our energies need to be focused on those that are around us to ensure that people are safe and take the necessary steps if they display any of the recognised symptoms and help all of us get through a period that is a first for most ,if not all of us.

Football can and should take a back seat for now and our love for football should now be directed to families and those close to us.

As a League we will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as and when they can offer clearer advice specific to football.

We wish all clubs, coaches, referees, players and spectators well and lets do all we can to get through these uncertain times.

Stay Safe – Love Football – Love Life.

Regards
Andy Kelly
League Chairman

*******Posted on Friday 13th March 2020******

Dear all,

Following the announcements earlier today from The Football Association, the SPL League Committee have made the decision to postpone all SPL fixtures until further notice – this includes all League and Cup games.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update accordingly but at this point the health and safety of all connected with clubs and teams has to take priority.

We accept there will be differing views but feel this is the right decision based on the earlier announcements – we will start the process to look at how, when and if the season can be rescheduled to bring it to a close. We haven’t faced this previously so you will need to give the League volunteers time to see what is possible.

As we know more we will communicate further.

Regards
Andy Kelly
League Chairman

(Please remember, the league is run by volunteers who are currently at work. It is not possible for the volunteers to talk and send an update as soon as UEFA, The Football Association, the Premier League or Surrey FA provide their guidance).

FA Disability England Talent Day

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The FA’s England Talent Team are coming to Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium to give Deaf and disabled footballers aged 7-16 years old the opportunity to showcase their skills in a bid to start their journey to become an England international.

 

Surrey FA is pleased to be working with Berks & Bucks FA, Hampshire FA, Middlesex FA and Oxfordshire FA, in partnership with Reading FC and The Saints Foundation, to host this year’s England Talent Day event on Saturday 30th May from 9:30am-12pm.

 

The two-hour football session will include a series of practices and games delivered by specialist coaches, all overseen by the England Talent Team. Following the England Talent Day, players may then be selected and invited to join their respective impairment specific Regional Talent Hubs for the season.

 

England Talent Day 2020 (Event Details)

Day:                      Saturday 30th May 2020
Location:             Reading FC, Madejski Stadium, RG2 0FL
Start Time:          10am-12pm (Players to arrive from 9.30am)

 

Players will be split into two age groups; 7 to 11-years-old and 12 to 16-years-old. Registered players must be eligible within one of the following impairment groups:

  • Amputee (Lower or Upper limb)
    •             Blind (B1)
    •             Deaf or Hearing Impaired (male and female)
    •             Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
    •             Partially Sighted (B2/B3)
    •             Powerchair (please note that the Powerchair Talent Day will take place on an alternative date, more information will be sent to registered powerchair participants).

 

If you wish to register for the England Talent Day, or know a player who may be suitable, please follow the link by clicking here. (http://bit.ly/EnglandTD) Please feel free to circulate to anyone you know or work with who may be interested in getting involved- full details are also on the attached poster.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Best wishes,

Tamsyn Woodman
Football Development Officer (Disability and Inclusion)
tamsyn.woodman@surreyfa.com

Storm Ciara Update

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Saturday 8th February – Update

We have already seen clubs in different parts of the county postpone all home games for tomorrow and the weather predictions have not really changed.

The League ask for all clubs to review expected local conditions and make sensible decisions as to whether the games go ahead tomorrow – make the decisions as soon as possible to allow people to make other plans and to avoid unnecessary travel.

Please make sure travelling conditions are taken into account as well as the safety of all involved.

Thanks

League Committee

 

 

Friday 7th February – Update

With the poor weather forecast for this coming weekend the SPL Committee would like to update all clubs as below.

We will continue to monitor the weather reports and if the outlook worsens then we will make a full league decision during Saturday PM.

Up until then we ask all Clubs/Teams to liaise with their home venues and opposition and make sensible decisions on whether the games are played this Sunday – the key here is that player, coach and spectator safety has to come first and this includes travel to and from games.

We understand that all want to get the games played but we must be mindful of the potential risks involved.

Please keep in regular contact with each other and where possible do this via telephone to ensure receipt – full contact information for all clubs and teams is available to coaches on the website.

SPL Committee

Important Dates for your Diary 2020

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We have put together some important summer dates for your diary as we head into the second half of the season, prepare for our 46 Cup Finals and end of season Fun Festival, AGM and Awards Day.

 

01/03 | 2020/21 Club & Team Applications Opens

22/03 | Under 11 Finals at Finchampstead FC (CANCELLED)

29/03 | Under 12 Finals at Finchampstead FC (CANCELLED)

29/03 | Under 18 Finals at Walton Casuals Juniors FC (CANCELLED)

26/04 | Under 17 Finals at Abbey Rangers FC (CANCELLED)

26/04 | Under 16 Finals at Godalming Town FC (CANCELLED)

26/04 | Under 15 Finals at Chessington & Hook FC (CANCELLED)

03/05 | Under 9 Finals at Staines Lammas FC (CANCELLED)

03/05 | Under 10 Finals at Guildford City Boys & Girls FC (CANCELLED)

10/05 | Under 14 Finals at Abbey Rangers FC (CANCELLED)

10/05 | Under 13 Finals at Godalming Town FC (CANCELLED)

16/05 | Under 7 & 9 Fun Festival at Farncombe Youth FC – Find out more (CANCELLED)

17/05 | Under 8 & 10 Fun Festival at Farncombe Youth FC – Find out more (CANCELLED)

XX/XX | Annual General Meeting 2019/20 at Walton Casuals FC  (DATE TO BE CONFIRMED)
(All 2019/120 member clubs must send a representative)

05/07 | SPL Awards Day 2018/19 at Kempton Park Racecourse (CANCELLED)

Invited teams will be:

  • U9, U10 & U11 Fair Play League Winners
  • U11 Graduation League Winners
  • U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 & U18 Division Champions
  • U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 & U18 Division Runners Up
  • Respect Award Winners

06/09 | 2020/21 U12 – U18 Season Begins

13/09 | 2020/21 U7 – U11 Season Begins

Female Friendly Club Training Workshop

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Surrey FA is excited to announce that it is to host a Female Friendly Club Training Workshop to support clubs at Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub, Waterside Dr, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

 

Booking Link:-  bit.ly/FemaleFriendlyTraining

Between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, club representatives (a maximum of two per club) will be able to enjoy an interactive workshop that aims to provide you with tools you need to develop girls’ football at your club.

Designed for club committee members and coaches, by the end of the workshop, you will understand on and off-pitch considerations to take into account when building your own game plan for growth.

The workshop will be delivered by two FA Consultants and provide participants with advice, support and examples on how to create the right environment within your club to develop the female game. On the evening, those in attendance can also take part in a Q&A session with a local girls club and Surrey FA; providing an opportunity to ask any questions relating to female football.

 

An online resource will be also be available for all clubs to download from https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d2000a4bfdd94b3ba0121c5b9ee5c605 from the 19/20 season. This will be an interactive flipbook that provides practical advice for clubs to help them develop an environment that encourages women and girls participation to thrive.

Food and refreshments will also be provided.

SURREY FA LAUNCH ‘TRICK SHOT CHALLENGE’ IN SUPPORT OF RAINBOW LACES 2019

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Surrey Football Association are challenging the region’s footballers to show-off their skills in support of the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign [which runs from 22 November to 8 December].

 

The County FA’s ‘Trick Shot Challenge’ – which encourages players of all ages and abilities to film their best football skill and upload it onto social media – is to promote inclusion and awareness of the LGBT+ community and help make football the game for everyone.

 

Figures show:

  • More than two in five LGBT+ people (43 per cent) think public sporting events are not a welcoming space for LGBT+ people (LGBT in Britain: Hate crime and discrimination, YouGov and Stonewall 2017)
  • One in eight LGBT people (12 per cent) avoid going to the gym or participating in sports groups because of fear of discrimination and harassment (LGBT in Britain: Hate crime and discrimination, YouGov and Stonewall 2017)
  • Two in five trans people (38 per cent) avoid these places compared to seven per cent of LGB people who aren’t trans (LGBT in Britain: Hate crime and discrimination, YouGov and Stonewall 2017)
  • Cambridge University research for Stonewall found that one in seven LGBT pupils (14 per cent), including three in ten trans pupils (29 per cent) are bullied during sports lessons (Stonewall, School Report 2017)

 

Andrew Dickinson, Surrey FA’s acting Chief Executive Officer, said: “At Surrey FA, we are immensely proud of the work we are doing around inclusion and diversity. We were the first County FA to be awarded the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard for Sport and are continually striving to improve opportunities for all to participate in football. We hope our campaign, in support of Rainbow Laces 2019, will capture the public’s imagination and help raise awareness of a hugely important issue, both in sport and the wider society.”

 

Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign – which has inspired around 7 million people feel to more positive about LGBT inclusion in sport – is backed by The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League as well as other professional, semi-professional, amateur, grassroots and youth football clubs across the country.

 

HOW TO ENTER SURREY FA’S ‘TRICK SHOT CHALLENGE’ IN SUPPORT OF RAINBOW LACES:

[a video with details on how to enter can be found here and also Surrey FA’s website www.surreyfa.com ]:

 

STEP 1

Teams or individuals film their trick shot

STEP 2

Either…submit the trick shot on social media, via twitter (@SurreyFA) or Instagram (@SurreyCountyFA), not forgetting to use the hashtags #surreyfa #trickshotchallenge #rainbowlaces

Or…send the trick shot directly to Surrey FA via info@surreyfa.com

Silent Weekend – 24th November 2019

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Silent Weekend – 23rd & 24th November 2019

The silent weekend will be mandatory to all SPL fixtures, from  U7s up to U11s but other age groups are welcome to participate.

 

What is the Silent Weekend?

The Silent Weekend will help highlight the impact that spectator and coach communication can have on players and match officials during matchday. By asking for silence from the side lines we hope the focus across the county will become on letting players play and help remove the additional pressures sometimes put on our match officials.

We will be asking for all verbal communication to stop for the duration of all matches in selected leagues, requesting that encouragement is shown by applause for goals and excellent play instead.

We appreciate that many people watching football will already do so in a positive manner, providing the necessary encouragement to help players perform to their best and that this is a big change from normal fixtures.

That said, we believe this is a great opportunity to gain feedback from players and allow managers to experiment with new ways of coaching their players.

 

 

FAQs

What happens if other people do not follow the guidelines to remain silent?

Whilst this would be disappointing and go against the ethos of the weekend, Surrey FA will not be able to monitor all games and cannot force individuals to remain completely quiet. We recognise that football can be a very tense, exciting and passionate game at times and that some level of noise will be audible whether intended or otherwise. We hope that persistent infringements of the guidelines will be addressed by the referee with a sensible conversation during an appropriate break in play to remind of the purpose of the weekend. There will also be representatives from Surrey FA and leagues attending matches to help answer queries and where required remind people of the purpose of the weekend should they need it. We do not want parents or managers challenging one another and causing unnecessary tensions however and would ask that they report any concerns to the respective league following the conclusion of your match.

How does a coach/manager communicate with their players to get across tactical information for example?

We encourage all coaches to make use of pre-game team talks, half-time breaks and periods after full-time whistle to communicate with players during which silence is by no means expected. Surrey FA has provided some more detailed coaches guidelines within this document and we would encourage all coaches/managers to read these.

 

How will the event be monitored to determine whether it was a success?

Members of staff from Surrey FA and a pool of volunteers will be attending games across the county to monitor and gather feedback from the players and match officials involved. We will also be contacting Club Welfare Officers to assist with the collection of feedback. Surrey FA will communicate its findings in the weeks following the weekend.

 

What about youth teams aged U12 and above?

Clearly Respect applies to all age groups and we plan to run an event to highlight these groups later in the season. We will communicate the nature of this event(s) in the new year.

 

Where can I find out more about the Respect campaign?

If you would like to find out more about how the national Respect campaign is impacting the grassroots game then please visit www.thefa.com/get-involved/respect where you can watch the latest promotional video, download resources for your club/league and even take short online courses to promote the creation of fun, safe and inclusive matchday environments.

 

 

A Guide for Managers/Coaches

The Silent Weekend represents a great opportunity for coaches to review the way they run matchdays with their players in the absence of in game coaching.

Many coaches will have concerns that their players will lack understanding without their guidance or make errors which may impact their confidence or even lead to goals being scored against them. It is important to recognise that players need some time without their coach or parents input and that this is part of their learning and development as a player.

Potential benefits of staying silent include:

  • Players develop independent learning and decision making
  • Coaches can observe their players more closely without the need to constantly coach from the side line
  • Players can focus on the game and not worry about instructions from the touchline
  • Players have greater opportunities to communicate for themselves and as a team, helping to develop important skills

To support coaches with what might be a new approach to matchday delivery, Surrey FA will be running a series of coach CPD (continuous professional development) events in the weeks before the Silent Weekend to help inspire coaches with resources, tools and discussions around the topic ‘Coaching on Matchday’.

Each CPD event will be led by experienced FA tutors, are FREE to attend and for any FA Level 1 or 2 coaches who are members of the FA Licensed Coaches Club, you will also be eligible for 3 CPD hours.

 

CPD event booking and information:(All sessions 19:00 – 21:30)

  • Wednesday 13th November – Surrey FA HQ, Dorking, RH4 1DZ – Book here,
  • Monday 18th November – Horsley FC, Leatherhead, KT24 6NE Book here,
  • Thursday 21st November – Croygas Sports Club, Croydon, SM9 9BY Book here,

Each session will include practical demonstrations and a chance for coaches to get some hands-on experience of working with players.

Coaches are also advised to access the fantastic FA Bootroom resource which has a huge selection of videos, insights, interviews and session plans all free to access. Just visit www.thefa.com/learning to access. You may also find it useful to create an FA Hive Learning account where you can share ideas, download session content and read in more detail about how to create a positive matchday environment.

To sign up for free visit: www.thefa.hivelearning.com/thefa/

 

Codes of Conduct

You can download, print and share the following code of conducts with your coaches, players, match officials and spectators.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

League Management Committee

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